Okay…I grew up during the Reagan era and here are some personal memories from my childhood as we are bombarded with nostalgia this week.

My parents first home was purchsed with a 13% interest rate. (trickle)

My Federal student loans for college had a 9% interest rate. (trickle trickle)

The meatpacking plant my dad worked at was bought by a larger company. Soon after, they closed the plant. He had to take a job out of state, while we survived on his retirement. (trickle, trickle, trickle)

On a positive note….the Reagan/Bush twelve years was the spawning ground for great indy music as so many in my generation X realized we were going to have to just do it ourselves outside the major corporate systems.

And we would be in debt (like our government)....and work until we’re about 92 with the current Social Security System if you’re my age…and not be able to afford health care…I could go on and on. Bought and sold.

Ronald Reagan was certainly the most likeable president of my lifetime. And his last years were very sad…I would never joke or make light of that. But this notalgia and glad handing we’re getting force fed by the media right now is choking me. As if times were somehow better in the 80’s just because Reagan was a true optimist and wished it so. Times were not better. I didn’t buy it then and I don’t buy it now. It did not trickle down far enough…

RIP Gipper…

“Nostalgia is possibly the greatest of the lies that we all tell ourselves. It is the glossing of the past to fit the sensibilities of the present.”
- R.A. Salvatore

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